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No trash collection on Monday, February 19th in observance of the President's Day holiday.

Published: 02/16/2018 3:19 PM - General Announcements

Manchester, NH: City - Advisory

There will be no refuse or recycling collection on Monday, February 19, 2018 in observance of the President's Day Holiday. Residents whose collection day falls on the holiday should place their items for pickup on the following day; all other residents should put their items out on their normal co...

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Public Information Meeting to discuss the Rockingham Rail Trial Extension Project. Wed, Feb.21st...

Published: 02/16/2018 10:50 AM - General Announcements

Manchester, NH: City - Community Message

The Public is invited to attend a Local Concerns Meeting on February 21, 2018 at 6:30 PM at the Manchester Public Works building located at 475 Valley Street in Manchester, NH for a discussion on the Rockingham Rail Trail Extension Project in Manchester. The City’s consultant, CMA Engineers, will be...

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Lead Abatement Applications due by 3/15/18

Published: 02/14/2018 - Planning & Community Development Announcements

If you'd like to apply for lead abatement funds, submit your application soon - we are at the end of our 3-year program period.

If you rent to lower income residents, we want to hear from you! Landlords who have received notice of a child's elevated blood lead level, or a state order to remove lead, receive the highest priority.

We award up to $11,000/unit, to a maximum of $80,000 per project. Awards are 0% interest loans forgiven after 3 years of certifiying that you rent to low-income tenants. Owner's provide a minimum 10% cash match to participate.

If you call Planning to inquire, please ask for Josh: 603-624-6450. Our applications are available at .

Together we can create healthy homes for children in Manchester. We look forward to hearing from you.

"Mardi Gras 5K" on February 13th - Road Closures begin @ 3:00 PM on Elm St and 6:50 PM ...

Published: 02/13/2018 3:32 PM - General Announcements

Manchester, NH: City - Advisory

The Manchester Police Department would like to advise you that the "Mardi Gras 5K" will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 on Elm St and Canal St. The race will begin at 7:00 PM and will require the following road closures; Beginning at 3:00 PM - Elm St will be closed from Central St to Merrimac...

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2018 Solid Waste Guide Available Online

Published: 02/13/2018 8:34 AM - General Announcements

Manchester, NH: City - Advisory

The 2018 Solid Waste Guide, which includes a collection calendar for trash, recycling, and yard waste, is now available online! Visit Hard copies will be included in upcoming sewer/water bills. They are also available at the Department of Public Works, 475 Valley Stre...

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Snow Emergency tonight Wednesday 2/7/18 from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am Thursday 2/8/18. No parking on...

Published: 02/07/2018 8:15 AM - General Announcements

Manchester, NH: City - Advisory

The Public Works Director is declaring a SNOW EMERGENCY that will be in effect from 10:00 p.m. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018 until 6:00 a.m. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2018. Upon declaration of a Snow Emergency, any vehicle parked on the streets will be towed and impounded. Look for the blinking strobe l...

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Home Rehab applications due 3/2 - $15k towards urgent repairs

Published: 02/02/2018 - Planning & Community Development Announcements

Need a new roof? Have a broken sewer? No heat or hot water?

Please submit your Round II Rehab applications by Friday, 3/2/2018 to Josh in Planning. Application materials are available online.

You can call Planning and ask for Josh with any questions, 603-624-6450.

This is a HUD-funded program to help low-to-moderate homeowners make necessary repairs to fix code violations. We can work on buildings of up to 4 units.


Published: 02/02/2018 - Mayor's Press Room Announcements

Lauren Smith
Policy and Strategic Outreach Director
Office of the Mayor



New Partnerships to Replace Serenity Place Programs; Safe Station to Continue for Manchester; Crisis Hotline Use Encouraged Statewide

Manchester, NH – Citing lessons learned from the closing of the non-profit substance use treatment center known as Serenity Place, Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig, emergency responders and a team of providers, including Families in Transition, the Farnum Center and Granite Pathways, have developed a new strategy for responding to the opioid crisis in New Hampshire. In an effort to preserve Safe Station as a critical entry point for care, the Mayor and providers have developed a new network to respond to those in need.

“The experience of Serenity Place showed us we need a better network of providers to stand ready to answer calls for help, no one entity can do this work alone. We need a streamlined program for our city, combined with a parallel effort to respond to the statewide needs of those suffering from substance use disorders,” said Mayor Joyce Craig. “Over half of the people seeking treatment in Manchester came to Safe Station from different communities around the state and region. Our plan works to respond to their needs without overwhelming the resources of Manchester’s providers.”

“Safe Station will continue to remain an entry way for people who don’t know where to go and haven’t sought help. It’s the first step,” added Manchester Fire Chief Dan Goonan. “We want people who are familiar with treatment to return to their original provider, which will offer more advanced and case-specific care to respond to their immediate needs. It’s really a matter of connecting the right providers with the right client. We will continue to help all who ask for it, but our system will be more robust.”

The Manchester Fire Department will work with local organizations to continue operating as a 24-hour access point for those seeking help. Firefighters will then direct individuals to Granite Pathways, who will conduct a screening to determine what services are needed. They will then connect with area hospitals or treatment facilities to determine what level of care is needed and available.

“This approach allows us to choose between more services than were previously aligned and available,” explains Maureen Beauregard, President of Families in Transition, “We need to direct people to the specific services they need. By engaging more providers, we have more opportunities to help people right away.”

“Farnum Center is ready to support Safe Station and Granite Pathways to utilize all available resources and find the right services for those in need. Farnum has increased their Open Access capacity in the Outpatient Department at 700 Lake Ave. Anyone can walk in and meet with a counselor and be accessed for the correct level of care. Staff will then work with clients to get them into a program appropriate for their needs,” explains Dr. Cheryl Wilkie, Senior Vice President of Substance Abuse Services for Farnum Center. “Collaboration and communication are the key to successfully responding to the needs of our citizens.”

While residents can still access treatment providers through Safe Station, families throughout the state are encouraged to call the Statewide Addiction Crisis Hotline (1-844-711-HELP) for care close to home.

This 24-hour hotline will work to help anyone in New Hampshire access inpatient or outpatient substance use treatment as soon as possible. Accessing care through this hotline will be an effective way to ensure people get into the treatment they need in their community rather than overwhelming the resources of one community by traveling to Manchester and accessing Safe Station.

Meantime, those seeking help who have entered treatment in the past will be encouraged to return to their most recent provider to continue services. “We made a promise to our citizens, that if they need help, we will be there to answer the call,” says Goonan. “Safe Station has taken in thousands of people and will continue to help those in need through local partnerships and support from the Mayor’s office.” 

Mayor Craig also believes this system will allow the city’s leaders to measure outcomes and reinforce those programs that are most successful. “The goal is to help everyone who needs it while providing the best possible care available in any community. I am thankful to all of the community members who have stepped up to help Manchester keep the Safe Station program intact. Together, I believe this new approach will more successfully help those in need find the correct services.”

Granite Pathways / Regional Access Point
8:30 am – 11 pm, Monday-Friday
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, Saturday-Sunday
Phone: 603-931-3700

Homeless Assistance Hotline

Statewide Addiction Crisis Hotline

Greater Manchester Resource Guide

New Hampshire Treatment Locator


Traffic Alert - Super Bowl "Chili" 5K - Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 10:30 AM

Published: 02/01/2018 10:14 AM - General Announcements

Manchester, NH: City - Advisory

The Manchester Police Department would like to advise the public that the Super Bowl "Chili" 5K will be held on Sunday, February 4, 2018. The race will begin at 10:30 AM and the course is as follows; Location: Milly’s Tavern Route Start - Out Arms Park (on Arms St) taking left on Commercial St R...

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Manchester Parks and Recreation February Newsletter

Published: 02/01/2018 - Parks & Recreation Announcements

February 2018 edition of the Manchester Parks, Recreation & Cemeteries Newsletter.  Lots of great things are being planned and you have the first insight into a few of them.  Please share and encourage others to sign up to receive the newsletter themselves.

Thanks for keeping up with us!

FY2018 CIP HUD Annual Action Plan Presentation Available

Published: 01/26/2018 12:00 PM - Planning & Community Development Announcements


Mayor Joyce Craig and Governor Chris Sununu Statement on Governor and Council Vote

Published: 01/24/2018 - Mayor's Press Room Announcements

Mayor Joyce Craig and Governor Chris Sununu Announce Approval of Contracts for New Providers to Continue Substance Use Disorder Programs in Manchester

Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig names co-chairs for opioid response council 

Concord, NH – Today, Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig and Governor Chris Sununu announced the approval of multiple contracts to administer care for those suffering from substance use disorder in Manchester. The contracts, which were approved by Governor and Council this morning, represent the culmination of joint efforts between the Governor’s office, the Mayor’s office, and the Department of Health and Human Services. Various programs, which were formerly administered by Serenity Place, will all receive contracts with new providers to continue continuity of care and services. These providers include, but are not limited to:

Families in Transition (FIT) – Lin’s Place Transitional Living Program for women; Tirrell House Transitional Living program for men
Farnum Center – Crisis Respite Shelter; intensive outpatient programs; outpatient services
Family Willows – intensive outpatient programs; outpatient services
Granite Pathways – Wrap Around and Recovery Support Services
Elliot Hospital – Hillsborough County North Drug Court

“Substance Use Disorder programs are a critical component in our fight against addiction and the opioid crisis,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “I look forward to working closely with Mayor Joyce Craig as we move forward to ensure that programs that receive state resources have long term stability. I am thankful for the countless providers that have answered the call to assist in these critical efforts. Those struggling with addiction deserve nothing less than our best and we will not fail them.”

“I want to thank the Governor and the State of New Hampshire for their help in assisting the City of Manchester in this time of great need,” said Mayor Joyce Craig. “We have all worked to find solutions following the issues associated with Serenity Place. As a group, we have been able to identify gaps and opportunities that have allowed us to build a community-centric plan going forward.”

“Farnum Center is honored to be partnering with the City of Manchester, Safe Station and The Department of Health and Human Services, to provide access to treatment services for those who suffer from substance use disorders,” said Cheryl Wilkie, Senior Vice President, Farnum Center. “Farnum Center has been committed, for many years to help treat and alleviate this public health crisis, and we look forward to our continued collaboration with all of the community stakeholders throughout NH.”

Mayor Craig has named three individuals to co-chair a newly created council to develop long-term strategies for those affected by substance use disorder. Tim Soucy, Manchester Public Health Director, Steve Norton, Elliot Health System Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Government Relations and Alex Walker, Catholic Medical Center Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, will lead a team of community partners to develop sustainable, evidence-based solutions to aid Manchester’s work in combating the opioid crisis.

“Individuals and families are in deep crisis as a result of substance misuse and we see it every day in Elliot’s emergency department and in our inpatient mental health units,” explained Norton. “Taking a collaborative and community-wide approach is sorely needed and one we are extremely proud to join so that effective and long-term strategies can be implemented and sustained by and between the community leaders with the expertise to improve the health of people in need.”

“Every day we see the devastating effects of this crisis and believe strongly in a community-wide response and solution. CMC is looking forward to bringing its experience and expertise to this integrated approach,” said Walker.

“Granite United Way has supported Safe Station activities from the beginning,” said Patrick Tufts, President & CEO, Granite United Way. “We will continue to support the strategic direction set by the council and thank the Governor and Mayor Craig for their leadership on this critical endeavor.”

“Public/private partnership is necessary to combat our state’s substance use epidemic,” added Tym Rourke, Director of New Hampshire Tomorrow at the NH Charitable Foundation. “City and state officials, private philanthropy and community organizations have come together swiftly to ensure that services and care continue and improve for those brave men and women seeking recovery. The Foundation is glad to be a partner, and looks forward to supporting efforts in Manchester going forward.”

Please take caution while driving and be aware of ice while on the roads and sidewalks.

Published: 01/23/2018 12:05 PM - General Announcements

Manchester, NH: City - Advisory

Salt trucks were called in last night due to a drop in temperature and ice accumulation. Trucks have been out around the clock salting the roads and monitoring road conditions. In addition, crews have been sanding sidewalks with a focus of the areas around the schools. We hope the temperature will...

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Delay in Trash & Recycling Collection

Published: 01/23/2018 11:05 AM - General Announcements

Manchester, NH: City - Advisory

Due to the icy weather conditions, some residents may experience delays in trash and recycling collection. Please continue to leave any uncollected materials at the curb. Crews will be by to pick them up as soon as practicable.

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Please use caution driving. Temperatures are dropping and black ice may form.

Published: 01/22/2018 3:43 PM - General Announcements

Manchester, NH: City - Advisory

Please use caution driving. Temperatures are dropping and black ice may form. DPW is monitoring road surfaces.

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2018 Planning and Community Development Calendar

Published: 12/27/2017 - Planning & Community Development Announcements

The 2018 calendar for the Planning and Community Development Department has been posted.  It contains the meeting schedules for the Manchester Planning Board, Manchester Zoning Board of Adjustment, Manchester Conservation Commission, and Manchester Heritage Commission. 

Matter of Balance class. Thursdays starting January 18, 2018 for 8 weeks at 9:00 AM

Published: 12/14/2017 - Senior Services

Do you have concerns about falling?  A Matter of Balance can help.

Many older adults experience concerns about falling and so they start to restrict their activities.  A Matter of Balance is an evidence based program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels.  Center for Physical Therapy and Exercise will be offering this program at the William Cashin Senior Center beginning January 18, 2018.  Classes will be held on Thursdays from 9:00 to 10:30 AM for 8 weeks.  The fee for the full 8 week program is $15.  In the Matter of Balance program, you will learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, and exercise to increase strength and balance.  So, if you have concerns about falls, have restricted activities due to the fear of falling, or are interested in improving your balance, strength, and flexibility, then consider taking a Matter of Balance.  Sign up at the Front Desk or call 603-624-6533 to register.  If you have any questions, please call Fred Daniels (Center for Physical Therapy and Exercise) at 603-880-0488. 

Manchester City Library News - Winter 2017-8

Published: 11/29/2017 3:00 PM - MCL Notes

The Manchester City Library and West Manchester Branch Library are here for you, through the holiday season and beyond.  Find out what's new and upcoming in the latest issue of MCL Notes!

Happy holidays!

Mayor Gatsas Proclaims Toulouse-Lautrec Day in Manchester, NH.

Published: 10/24/2017 - General Announcements

Mayor Gatsas Proclaims October 24, 2017 as Toulouse-Lautrec Day in Manchester, NH. 

Mayor with Can-Can dancers proclaiming Toulouse-Lautrec DayMayor Proclaims Toulouse-Lautrec Day

Manchester City Library News - Fall 2017

Published: 08/31/2017 3:30 PM - MCL Notes

Get updated about Manchester City Library and West Manchester Branch Library programs and services in the latest issue of MCL Notes!

Enjoy the season!

Manchester City Library News - Summer 2017

Published: 05/24/2017 2:15 PM - MCL Notes

Find out what's going on at the Manchester libraries in the latest issue of MCL Notes!

Have a great summer!

Free! Blood Pressure Screenings and Quality of Life Survey. Tuesday March 13th 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Published: 3/20/2017 - Senior Services

Free! Blood pressure is an important screening as high blood pressure usually has no symptoms. It can't be detected without being measured, and greatly increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. Rivier University Nurse Practitioner students will be offering free blood pressure screenings. There will also be an opportunity to help the students learn about your emotional experience as an older adult, by taking a brief survey. Sponsored by Rivier University.

Manchester City Library News - Spring 2017

Published: 03/03/2017 5:00 PM - MCL Notes

Find out what's going on at the Manchester libraries in the latest issue of MCL Notes!

See you at the library!

Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine

Published: 10/04/2016 - Parks & Recreation Announcements

The state of New Hampshire recently confirmed that the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive insect from Asia that has killed millions of ash trees nationwide, has been found in Manchester, joining a growing list of New Hampshire towns.  In an effort to slow the spread of this insect, the state has issued a quarantine on the movement of all ash materials, as well as all hardwood firewood and wood chips, coming out of and through Hillsborough, Rockingham, Belknap, and Merrimack counties.  The Merrimack county quarantine has been in effect since 2013. 


Please visit for specific quarantine details.  This website also contains information concerning many aspects of EAB, including how to identify it and what options you have to protect your ash trees..

To report evidence of EAB, please call either:

  • NH Division of Forests & Lands – (603) 271-2214
  • Pierra Siegart, State Entomologist – (603) 271-2561
  • Manchester Division of Parks, Recreation, & Cemeteries – (603) 624-6444 x5350

City of Manchester, New Hampshire Receives RWJF Culture of Health Prize

Published: 09/14/2016 - Health Indicators

City of Manchester, New Hampshire Receives RWJF Culture of Health Prize For Efforts that Give All Residents the Chance to Thrive

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Recognizes the City of Manchester, NH for Weaving a Culture of Health throughout the Community’s Fabric

Manchester, NH (September 14, 2016) Manchester is one of seven winners of the 2016 RWJF Culture of Health Prize awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted solely to health. The Prize honors communities for their efforts to ensure all residents have the opportunity to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives.

Manchester is being nationally recognized for bringing partners together to rally around a shared vision of health, drawing especially on the wisdom, voice, and experience of residents themselves. Chosen from nearly 200 applicant communities across the country, Manchester’s award winning efforts include its response to the emerging opioid and heroin epidemic—which has successfully mobilized first responders, community organizations, and health care providers to connect residents with critical treatment services. When over half of the City’s school children became enrolled in free and reduced meals, city leaders in partnership with residents worked to transform schools in the city’s most socioeconomically disadvantaged areas into neighborhood health and education hubs. Former textile mills have been converted into high-tech spaces and outdoor recreation areas, spurring economic growth and providing more opportunities for physical activity. Funders are collaboratively investing in new ways to bring projects to scale.

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